January 31, 2013


I decided it was time. Since I graduated high school I have gone through this cycle of growing my hair out for a few years then I get a major haircut. It was 14 inches this time. Since it was last cut two Superbowls ago and I have been pretty much putting it in a ponytail everyday, I figured it was time.

My friend Rachael was nice enough to watch baby girl for me (It was only the 2nd time I left her.), and I had a nice hour at the salon. I was given a gift card for Christmas,  so I got a great cut from Cary O'Brien. Its totally worth every penny.



Day 31

January 30, 2013

17 Weeks

Each week we take a couple pictures of baby girl, so we can see how she is growing. I do one close up and one full body shot. I think her eyes have turned green or maybe hazel. I am curious if they will stay that way or if they will change to brown. 

 Day 30

January 29, 2013


Since I took a picture of a sleep fighter, I decided I'd take a picture of baby girl sleeping sweetly. She peeked her eyes open when I snapped the picture. I am trying to un"babyrrito" her at night, so she won't be addicted to it.

 Day 29

January 28, 2013

Working with Daddy

They were doing some work at Matt's office that filled the place with fumes, so he got to come home to work. Baby girl was just being so cute that Matt decided to have her join him at his desk.

Day 28

January 27, 2013

Sleep Fighter

Baby daughter usually sleeps well, but on occasion she decides to do some fussing first.

Day 27

January 26, 2013

Aunt Tracy

Baby girl had some visitors today. One of her Aunts and MawMaw came to visit and brought a bunch of new clothes. She had fun playing and gave some great smiles.

Day 26

January 25, 2013

Driving her Toys

After the busyness of the past few days, I decided that today we would stick around the house. I think baby girl appreciated it too, because she took at two hour nap this morning. We started the day with some playtime. She was having tons of fun with her driving toy. Its been neat watching learn. She understands playing.

Day 25

January 24, 2013

Banty Chicks

Today we went to Grandma's house. She just got some new banty chicks that morning in the mail. Yes, they mail chickens. Who knew? Baby girl loved watching them and we loved watching her. 

Grandma also tried giving her a bottle again with a different style. She finally managed to drink a whole ounce. I didn't really want to give her a bottle at first, because its just easier to always breastfeed her. I want to get a haircut soon and I need to go the dentist and I realized that whoever is watching her may need to feed her. Sometimes when it comes to parenting decisions I have to remind myself that there are no trophies. We won't get a reward for never having given our child a bottle. It doesn't mean I love her any less. 

Day 24

January 23, 2013

Busy Day

Today was a super busy day. We brought dinner to one of my old coworkers who also had a baby. It was so fun getting to see her newborn and it made me a little sad that baby daughter is growing so fast. My friend has had several difficulties since the birth of her child, but has been doing great and is so strong. I am really proud of her.

We also had book club this evening and baby girl got to see more of her friends. We read the 19th Wife. It wasn't my favorite book that we have read, but it was an interesting look into the founding of Mormonism and the current day Firsts.

Day 23

January 22, 2013


My friend texted me this morning and asked if I wanted to meet up at the library. It seemed like a good reason to get out of the house. Especially on a cold, snowy day like today. Baby girl loved watching her son chew on his Sophie giraffe.

Day 22

January 21, 2013


One of my favorite things about our house is the fireplace. Its been really cold lately and we had a nice fire. Matt had a nice fire going so we put some blankets on the floor and all cuddled together.

Day 21

January 20, 2013


Baby girl woke up super early again, like 4 am early. Fortunately I got her back to sleep at 5, so we decided to sleep in and go to the 2nd service at church. The best thing about weekends is having Matt at home.

Day 20

January 19, 2013

Lazy Day

Today we decided to just stay home. This past week was pretty busy, so it was nice to just stay around the house and relax. Baby girl got some time with daddy and had some great play time. She even decided to roll over again. The cutest thing is she has been wanting to taste everything. She opens her mouth to put things in it whenever she can.

Day 19

January 18, 2013

Early Wakeup

This morning baby daughter decided to wake up super early. Before the sun early. I did not want to get out of bed, but she was all smiles. Once I got out of bed I realized it was totally worth it. Its amazing how her smiles can make me forget all the times she is fussy or makes things difficult.

We went to visit MawMaw and PawPaw today. Baby girl decided to be really cute and funny. She also decided to eat noses. This is something Matt loves to do when he is overtired. He says they have a fun texture. He must have passed this trait onto our daughter. Here she is taking a bite of his nose.
Day 18

January 17, 2013

Lots of Friends

Today was a busy day. Our friend Kaycee came over for lunch today. She is one of my friends that works very close by, so its nice that she could come visit during the day. We had a good lunch and she is expecting a baby in April. The population of my town is growing like crazy!

Later in the afternoon another friend came over with her little girl. She left the her doll in the exersaucer. We went over to return the doll and it was decided she would be safest in the carseat. Here is baby daughter talking to the doll.

Day 17

January 16, 2013

Grocery Shopping

Baby girl was so good today. I am turning into my mother and visited 3 different grocery stores today to get deals for specific items (although the last one was because I forgot something and it was on the way home). I always prefer grocery shopping in the winter when you don't have to worry about the cold food staying cold. I was so proud of myself. I saved about 30 dollars using coupons and shopping sales. I even got a few things for free. While I still have ways to go before I am a super couponer, I'm making progress.

We tried on another onesie from her shower today. This is one of my very favorites and she even smiled for the picture. She was in a really good mood this morning and was chuckling and giggling. It was so cute.

 Day 16

January 15, 2013

I Love Mommy (and Daddy)

I am very blessed to have good friends who threw me a baby shower. It was really cute with a bee theme. I even go to wear a fun sash that said from Mrs to Mommy. One of the activities was decorating onesies. Some of my friends were better at this than others, but its been so fun to dress up baby daughter in her outfits. This was one I really liked and it has proven to be pretty true. Rudy also really wanted to be in the picture.

Day 15

January 14, 2013


Today we went out to visit my friend who was the Matron of Honor in my wedding. She has 3 adorable girls who are so well behaved. She is such a good mom to them, I hope that my daughter will be equally as sweet as hers. We hadn't visited in way too long. Her husband has an irregular schedule so its difficult to find a time when we can meet up. It was so nice to catch up. We will have to do it more often. 

I forgot to get a picture of baby girl with my friend. Instead here is a picture of her playing with her Sophie giraffe when we got home. She finally has realized it makes agreat chew toy.

Day 14

January 13, 2013

First Birthday Party

My mom's birthday is in the beginning of January, so its the first time baby girl has gotten to experience a party. I made her some gluten free pies, since that is one of her favorite treats.My mom loves baby girl and has such fun playing with her and giving her attention. 
She also discovered her thumb today. I have such mixed feelings. Part of  me thinks its really cute, but the other part of me really hopes she doesn't do it too much. I don't want to have to break her of this habit one day.

Day 13

January 12, 2013

Fussy Pants

I don't know what got into baby girl, but she was so fussy this afternoon. I took her temp, changed her diaper and gave her a head to toe check making sure nothing was wrong. I don't know what was her deal. Finally Matt dealt with her, so I could make some GF pies for my mom's birthday celebration tomorrow. He did manage to get her calm for a while and they even had some reading time together.

We went to a La Leche League meeting this morning. We talked about our birth experiences and whether they helped or hindered our journey in breastfeeding. Most of the stories weren't bad, but it just made me so happy that I went the homebirth route.

 Day 12

January 11, 2013

By Myself

It finally happened. I went somewhere without my little daughter. Part of me was really sad to leave her, even though it was just a short time. The other part felt free! I could shop without having to watch my cart like a hawk and carry tons of things like sherpa. While I was out baby girl and daddy decided to take a nap. They were still sleeping when I returned so I snapped a quick picture.

Day 11

January 10, 2013

Rainy Day

Today was really rainy and kind of cold. We decided to stay in and make a fire in the fireplace. We also practiced smiling for the camera.

 Day 10

January 9, 2013

Grandma's House

Since Matt is out of town, baby girl and I decided to make a trip out to Grandma's house. We had fun hanging out. Its nice to spend the day where I grew up.

Day 9

January 8, 2013

Little Daddy

Everyone always talks about how much our little girl favors Matt. I decided I would put her in his chair and give her his keyboard. She was really interested. I think she might be a future gamer.

Day 8

January 7, 2013


Our neighbor twins are moving away. Its so sad, we really like them. They were born two days after baby girl. We also have our friend who lives across the street. She made all four of the little girls Tutus. We did a photo shoot with the babies all dressed up. Despite the girls trading off crying moments, I think we managed to snag some good photos. 

Day 7

January 6, 2013


Today Matt tried to give baby daughter a bottle. She was not interested at all. One day she will have to learn so Daddy can feed her, too.

Day 6

January 5, 2013


Today we went to the visitation for a good friend of mine. In the span of two weeks she had a baby then lost her father and grandma in the same day. I was so sad for her. The birth of a child should be such a happy time and while she was saying hello to the baby she had to say goodbye. We got to sneak a peek at her little one. I'll plan to go visit her soon.

Its been a big day for my little girl she made two steps on the growing/learning path. On our way home she discovered how to pull on her carseat toy to make it play music. She did it several times so I know it wasn't an accident. I even watched her do it after we arrived home.

If that wasn't enough excitement for the day we were doing some tummy time and she rolled over from her tummy to back! She had been fussing a little, but stopped after she rolled. Its amazing how fast she is learning and growing.

Here she is being silly with a wipe she decided to put on her head.

Day 5

January 4, 2013


Today we went to meet a new cousin. Baby daughter's 3rd cousin to be exact. He was born 9 weeks after her. He was so small in comparison and still had that soft newborn cry. It made me realize how much baby daughter has grown and changed. Especially her cry. We went shopping after the visit and she cried her way through Whole Foods and Target.

 Day 4

January 3, 2013

Florida Friend

One of my best friends moved to Florida last January. I don't see her very often, but we were able to meet up a few times over the past year. Once in Florida and the rest here. She spent the night and we got to stay up late talking like in the old college days. Baby daughter was sad to see her go.

January 2, 2013

13 Weeks

Baby girl is 13 weeks today. She is growing very fast and has made the move into the next size of clothes 3-6 months. I take a picture each week so we can see how much she changes from week to week. This one is fun, since she has discovered her tongue and likes to stick it out all the time.
Day 2

January 1, 2013

Project 365

My neighbor got me started on this. She takes a picture each day of the year. I thought it sounded like fun, so I will join her on this adventure. She has been doing it for the last 2 years. Some people have a theme or a challenge, but I think it will be enough of a challenge to not forget a day. Here it goes.

Staying up late is hard work. We spent New Years Eve with some friends at their house. After all that excitement, baby girl decided to make tonight an early night and fell asleep in my lap.

Day 1